A newborns impeccable timing No wiggle room


WGC-Bridgestone - 125wAKRON, Ohio ' Eve Rose Fisher already has impeccable timing.
Her dad, Ross, was jousting for the lead at the British Open two weeks ago while mom Jo was pregnant with her. Even though Ross said he would leave Turnberry in an instant ' in mid-round, if need be ' to attend Eves birth, he didnt have to.
She was born six days after Stewart Cink beat Tom Watson in a playoff for the claret jug, with her jittery first-time father tying for 13th with a closing 75.
Eve Roses timing allowed her father to hurry home and spend some time before going through the entire birth experience.
Awesome. Its a truly amazing experience, one Id recommend to any male, her father said Thursday after shooting an even-par 70 in the opening round of the Bridgestone Invitational. Were having quite fun. Ive only been with her for just over a week, but its really cool. Pretty amazing.
The 28-year-old Englishman ' with Jo already four days overdue ' birdied the first two holes at Turnberry to briefly take the final-round lead before a quadruple-bogey 8 on the fifth hole put an end to his shot at winning.
After Eve Rose made her appearance, the family was able to bond for a several days in Cheam, England, before Ross flew back to the States for this weeks Bridgestone and next weeks PGA Championship at Hazeltine. Jos mother moved in for a while to help out in Ross absence.
He said leaving home was difficult.
Yeah, its tough, but this is my job and what I choose to do and Jos happy with that, he said. Im missing home and shes obviously missing me but its only two weeks and then Ive got three weeks off to look forward to.
Fisher had no problem focusing on his game.
Thats what Ive come here to do, he said. Soon as Ive finished hopefully Sunday evening next week, then golf can be put to the back of my mind.

NO WIGGLE ROOM: Danny Lee, the youngest U.S. Amateur champion ever, must play well ' and soon ' if he wants to avoid going to qualifying school.
Lee, one of only seven players at the Bridgestone who has not qualified for next weeks PGA Championship, shot a 2-under 68 on Thursday.
I was impressed with myself, he said. Im really happy with what Ive done today.
He is badly in need of a good finish. He has missed the cut in five of his nine starts since turning pro after playing at the Masters. The highlights include a tie for seventh at the AT&T National and a tie for 13th at the Byron Nelson.
To avoid having to go to Q-school, he must earn roughly $188,000 combined at the Bridgestone and the Wyndham on Aug. 20-23.

SIMPLE APPROACH: Asked what he would do to kill time after his opening 68, Miguel Angel Jimenez said, I will eat first, smoke my cigar and then hit a few putts and then perhaps go to the swimming pool.

COMPETITIVE NATURE: Phil Mickelson was away from the tour for six weeks after the U.S. Open while wife Amy battled breast cancer. In addition, Mickelsons mother also was diagnosed with it.
One thing he missed a lot during that hiatus was the competition.
Ive always loved competing, whether it was for a soda, a golf ball, tees or on the PGA Tour for huge purses, he said. I missed the competition. I also missed just being on the golf course. Its where Ive grown up.

OPEN HANGOVER: Few players are prepared for the many obligations and rising expectations after winning their first major championship.
Lucas Glovers victory in the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black in June has turned his world upside down. There were requests to appear on late-night talk shows and far more demands from sponsors and media. Such a watershed win can knock anyones game off kilter.
You get over it a little bit on the golf course, said Glover, who opened with a 1-under 68. Off the golf course, of course theres still a little bit going on.
He figured it sure beats the alternative.
Its a good problem to have, said Glover, laughing.

DIVOTS: Lee Westwood double-bogeyed the first hole and had another double and two bogeys, yet countered that with seven birdies in a round of 69. Ernie Els holed his second shot for eagle from 137 yards on the 399-yard, par-4 first hole. With his ball wedged near a tree root and with a limited backswing, Sergio Garcia slashed a low runner of a third shot that chased more than 100 yards to the green on the final hole. Garcia then holed the par-saving 14-foot putt for a 68. The first-round leader has won just seven of the 32 stroke-play PGA Tour events this year.
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